Originally Posted by beau159
The guy that is coming is not actually a vet, but he is also a human chiropractor and does rodeo himself, so he understands the physical requirement for rodeo/barrel racing horses. He's been highly recommended to me by others. And he adjusts only with his hands.
So glad he only uses his hands! There are a few people who come through ND that have a following of horse owners. Said person(s) use mallets, have no proper training, and keep no records. I am not a fan.
I personally will only use a vet who is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. People who can attain those certifications must be a DC or a DVM first. The reason I use a vet is because then you can get radiographs to completely see what is going on as well as any injections necessary. For instance, I had one horse who we thought had kissing spine, upon radiograph, it was learned that he had a partially healed hairline fracture of the spinous process. This changed his whole treatment plan. He also needed an injected muscle relaxant put directly into that area. That is something a non-vet chiropractor can't do.
As for the rest of your questions. Anything I should ask?
You should be prepared to provide a history. I would expect this person to write it down. I would also expect your chiro to fill out a chart as he examines your horse. I would ask for a copy of this for your own records.
Ask him to explain what he is checking. Ask him to explain the horses level of reaction to pressure points. Ask him about follow up exercises for these points. Ask him about how many return visits the horse will need.
Anything I should watch for?
I would watch how your horse reacts. Really observe to see what helps and what doesn't. For many adjustments, a chiro needs someone to provide opposing pressure in a particular area. I would watch to make sure that he either has someone to assist with this, or asks you to.
Also, be prepared to give your horse 24 hours off, especially after the first visit. That is what was recommended to me.
General advice or comments about chiros?
I don't really believe in them for humans, and my sister is one. I'm not a fan of some of them claiming that chiro cures all. I think some really drink the kool-aid. Others are great. I have never been adjusted though; it freaks me out. However, I have seen what it can do for some of my horses *in conjunction* with a complete plan. This means you have to be willing to do the followup, do the exercises provided, and invest in additional veterinary treatment for performance horses.